Warp Speed Official: 1st Shipments Of COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Delivered On Monday

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A nurse holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech, in London earlier this week. Food and Drug Administration officials in the U.S. sought to reassure the public about the vaccine Saturday after authorizing it for emergency use.

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FDA Authorizes COVID-19 Vaccine For Emergency Use In U.S.

Transporting And Distributing Vaccines Will Be ‘Unprecedented’ Logistical Operation

With the green light, the U.S. became one of just a handful of countries — including the U.K. and Canada — to allow widespread distribution of the two-dose vaccine, which clinical trials have shown to be 95% effective at preventing the coronavirus.

Perna said that his group did not pre-position the vaccine for distribution, not wanting to presume that the FDA would issue its authorization before it did so.

Even as the vaccine reaches its intended locations, federal officials will also be grappling with another challenge: bolstering public confidence in getting it. Toward that end, FDA chief Stephen Hahn pledged to be among the first to have it administered.

«I know the meticulousness of the review that the FDA has done,» Hahn said at a separate briefing Saturday. «I will absolutely take this COVID-19 vaccine, pending availability and distribution, because I have complete trust and confidence in the FDA’s career staff’s evaluation.»

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